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Today's News

  • Bandelier revives annual Fall Fiesta

    Bandelier National Monument is reviving the annual Fall Fiesta so visitors may enjoy Pueblo and Hispanic cultural demonstrations, games, traditional dancing and arts at the park. The Fiesta was not held in 2011 due to recovery efforts from the Las Conchas Fire and subsequent flooding. This year the event is set for Sept. 29.

    The Fiesta theme is “Celebrating Nature through Art and Culture.” Events will take place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Entry to Bandelier will be free that day, which is National Public Lands Day.

    Bandelier National Monument is making an effort to reach people from Hispanic communities in the area to invite them to the event, which is the final stop of a month-long scavenger hunt for youth from neighboring communities.

  • The Black Hole Set to Close

    The Black Hole is the store that made Cold War and Manhattan Project technology, gizmos and lab surplus available to anyone who had a few bucks in their pocket.  

    Now, after years of being woven into the unique fabric of Los Alamos, the iconic outlet will close its doors for good sometime in late September, said the store’s president, Barbara Grothus. 

    The store was operated for years by Barbara’s father, noted anti-nuclear activist Ed Grothus. Ed passed away in 2009, and ever since, it’s become increasingly difficult for his children to juggle demands of the business, as they have been busy with their own lives.

  • Reiss tackles another challenge

    Following three hours of opening statements, grilling by council and three rounds of votes, Rick Reiss was appointed to fill the council seat vacated by Ron Selvage in early August. 

    In his three-minute statement, Reiss said he stood out like a sore thumb among candidates with degrees in areas such as nuclear engineering and medicine. Rather than working for Los Alamos National Laboratory, Reiss is a small businessman who provides research and office space to LANL and its contractors. 

    “I’m so hands on that I mow the grass at Entrada Business Park, a development where I own lots. I change light bulbs and air filters at 999 Central, a building I developed and manage and owe a lot of money on.” Reiss said. “I am the little guy. I can’t delegate to others, because there are no others in my organization.”

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  • ‘Expendables 2’ is funny in its own way

    The tough guys are back with guns-a-blazing and a whole lot of attitude. “The Expendables 2” is one of those movies you don’t go and see because of its stellar acting, compelling story or technical achievements. 

    It’s simply one of those movies you go and watch for the fun of it. The movie starts almost instantly with a ridiculous intro. scene, featuring the cast shooting up some bad guys in a third-world Asian country, while riding in some ludicrous war machines bristling with weaponry. 

    The tough guys make their exit from the intro., flying out of a massive fireball in their HU-16 albatross. This is a movie for people who don’t care about stories, but only giant explosions and big guns. “The Expendables 2,” unlike its predecessor, “The Expendables,” is far better and more entertaining, simply because it doesn’t take itself seriously. 

  • 09-09-12 Word on the Street

    Teen Pulse staff members Sebastian Garcia and Alexandra Hehlen asked students, “Do you think bullying is a problem at LAHS?”


       

  • Pageant talk with Miss France 1961

    The first thing you notice when you see Madeleine Leuenberger is her long, naturally curly, golden blond hair. 

    It’s tied up into a high ponytail, with a bright red scrunchy that matches her earrings, high heels and the piping on the black ruffled blouse she designed herself. 

    For a woman her age, she may seem out of the ordinary, and she’s got a secret — she was Miss France in 1961.
    She wanted to be interviewed in her house, which is in a small town in the Swiss Alps, called Grächen. My younger cousin, also an aspiring journalist, came along, too. After giving us a tour of her home, we sat down at Leuenberger’s dining table in her white kitchen, where she began to tell us about her life in a mixture of German, Swiss-German and French.

  • 09-09-12 Births

    Los Alamos Medical Center reported the following births:

     

    Aug. 27: A girl, Maliyah Aubree Vigil, born to Melinda Lucero and Derek Vigil

    Aug. 21: A boy, William Michael Wheat, born to Angela and William Wheat
    • Aug. 25: A girl, Selena Veronica Truman, born to Maria and Edward Truman

    Aug. 26: A girl, Aniah Hope Trujillo, born to Esther Sanchez and Leonard Trujillo

  • Auditions for ‘Little Mermaid, Jr.’

    Atomic City Children’s Theater, the Los Alamos Public Schools’ after-school theater program, announces auditions for their elementary school production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid, Jr.,” a two-act musical play based on the hit Broadway musical and full-length movie of the same name. 

    Auditions will be from 2-5 p.m. Wednesday in the Barranca Mesa gym. They are open to any 5th or 6th grade students in the Los Alamos area. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m.

    ACCT also offers students the chance to explore other areas of technical theater, such as working lights and sound, helping with costumes and working back stage during the shows. 

  • Have Lunch with a Leader

    The League of Women Voters will have their monthly Lunch with a Leader Sept. 13 at a new location —  the top floor of the Mesa Public Library. The speakers will be Tom Nagawiecki, Los Alamos Environmental Services specialist and Sandra West, outreach coordinator at the Los Alamos Co-op.  

    Food will be catered by the Los Alamos Co-op. When RSVPing, attendees can order either a whole sandwich, or a box lunch, a half sandwich with soup or salad. All orders include chips and a cookie. 

    The League will provide water. The total cost will be $10, which includes tax and gratuity.
    Learn about some of the new recycling programs that will help keep more material out of the landfill, such as the glass drop-off recycling program and provide insight on how to ensure the program is successful.